A RESEARCH student of the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K) Abhilash G.J committed suicide by consuming some poisonous substance here on Monday. His body was found at the terrace of Hall Number 4.
This is the third suicide in the IIT-K during the past 13 months. Swapnil Dharaskar committed suicide in October 2005 and then another student Shailesh Sharma ended his life on May 3,2006. Abhilash had done M Sc in Chemistry from Roorkie University and had joined the IIT-K in 2001 under Dr S Sarcar for taking up research in chemistry. He had submitted the research work and left the Institute to join a fellowship at the Belfield University in Germany.
He had come to IIT-K on October 25 in connection with the viva-voce examination scheduled for November 9. The police recovered two small bottles of some chemicals from the pocket of the deceased and a suicid note in English written in his own handwriting. The suicide note stated: “Losers are quitters and I am one of them.” He wrote, “I have lost interest in my life. I am too weak to face the world. I can not face life. This has prompted me to take the extreme step. I have been planning to commit suicide for a long time. But I did not want to disturb the celebrations of the marriage of my brother, which was to take place on November 4, 2006. No one should be held responsible for my act. My brother be contacted at the phone number (mentioned in the note) and all my belongings should be given to him after my death.”
Soon after the IIT-K authorities contacted Abhilash’s brother and told him about the incident.
Meanwhile, the police have sent the body for postmortem examination. Talking to Hindustan Times, dean of Students Affair (DOSA) Dr Praval Sinha said he got the information on phone through his staff at around 9.45 am. He rushed to the spot. The doctor who examined Abhilash declared him already dead.
Dr Sinha said he couldn’t say who saw Abhilash’s body first. Since it was the last day of the Antaragni-6, most of the students returned quite late to their rooms and woke up late. Dr Sinha said Abhilash was a bright student and none of his friends ever found him depressed or tensed. He was quite jovial and friendly in nature.